24 Hours – Carpe Diem
“Today, many will choose to leave the ghost of yesterday behind and seize the immeasurable power of today. Why not you?” – Steve Maraboli
“The world is waiting for you to seize the day and make the most of it! Who knows what could be possible. Keep dreaming, keep hoping, keep believing, and keep doing.” – Akiroq Brost
“Let today be the day…You free yourself from fruitless worry, seize the day and take effective action on things you can change.” – Steve Maraboli
“We must seize the day because within each day there are God given opportunities waiting to unfold, and every twenty-four-hour period is full of divine moments.” – Erwin Raphael McManus
“Only those who intend to seize the day will rule their emotions.” – Joyce Meyer
“Begin doing what you want to do now. We are not living in eternity. We have only this moment, sparkling like a star in our hand – and melting like a snowflake.” – Francis Bacon
“Excitement must lead to immediate action or you will lose the power of momentum. More dreams die because we fail to seize the moment. Do it now! “– Tony Robbins
24 TV Series
I thought of the fast-paced, epic TV drama series, 24, that won many awards. This action series fascinated many individuals globally. It depicted events that were all centered around a race against the clock.
Each hour was the focus of an entire TV episode, which was very dramatic. Lots of events were happening simultaneously and in parallel, that were related in one way or the other.
This fictional series mirrored actual reality, as it showed what could be achieved and attained in a 24-hour time span. The main character Keith Sutherland (Jack Bauer) had to put in extraordinary effort each and every hour to move over to the next key milestone of the plot.
The power of living in the moment with razor sharp focus on our goals was brought to life.
Choice and the effect of time
When we wake up each day we have two major choices
- We can choose to have a great day
- We can choose to have a mediocre and poor day
The only way we achieve our goals is to respect the power of time and execution. Been faithful to our dreams and goals means respecting time and using it wisely.
‘Successful’ individuals are essentially great time managers. They harness each hour of the day effectively and optimize their days effectively. I have covered two other topics on seizing the moment. One on time management and the fight for the first 2 hours of your day.
Focus and prioritization are key elements each day. We should always focus on activities that have the highest pay offs in our lives. Coupled with formation of the right habits you can make your life effective and efficient.
We should also be aware about the concept of Time leverage. How do you multiply time? The key tool in getting more done in a 24-hour period is to think of these three areas below:
– Prior Time planning
We have heard of the adage- ‘Failing to plan is planning to fail’. Planning your week and each day prior to the next day has helped many individuals achieve tasks and goals they had set out to do.
Keeping an eye on key priorities and tasks and scheduling them accordingly is vital. Which then flows into the next key area delegation.
We should delegate tasks that can be done more effectively by others. If we have tools to automate routine tasks and chores please use them.
Daily activities and issues such as running simple errands, picking mail, cooking, cleaning clothes, simple plumber repairs can be delegated. You save many hours in a day which you can focus on higher level tasks.
If you have activities such as backing up files, replies to mail and other activities you can create scripts to automate these tasks.
Bargain with your boss to have a hybrid schedule and save on commute time that can be spent more effectively on other tasks. These are elements one can use to optimize and save time.
We only have 24 hours in a day. Only 16 hours are spent awake with close to 8 hours of each day also been spent on other essential and non-essential activities. What matters is what we do with the 8 hours we have to be productive.
Seize those moments and make things happen